The most popular type of cooking appliance in America’s kitchens, freestanding ranges generally offer a full-size oven with four or more burners or heat elements on the cooktop.
• Most electric free-standing ranges place their controls on a backsplash behind the cooktop.
• The chief benefits of free-standing ranges are all-in-one simplicity, easy installation, and value.
• They generally cost less than similarly featured slide-in and drop-in models.
Slide-In and Drop-In Ranges
Slide-in ranges are similar in style and function to free-standing ranges, but are designed to be built in between two cabinets and do not come with finished side panels. Both slide-ins and drop-ins are designed for a more finished built-in look.
• Drop-in ranges require customized cabinetry with a cooktop that integrates fairly seamlessly with the countertop. They are dropped into the cutout with a cabinet front panel at the bottom. These ranges are available in electric coil and electric radiant (smooth top).
• May also be placed in a kitchen island.
• Control panels are generally placed in the front of the unit, eliminating the need for a backsplash.
A growing number of customers are looking for built-in cooking appliances, with a separate cooktop built into the countertop in one area and separate oven(s) underneath or built into the wall nearby.
• One of the main benefits of this configuration is for the way it looks.
• Many customers want to achieve the look and feel of a real professional kitchen, or to emulate the sleek, clean, contemporary design of modern European kitchens.
• Another key benefit is simple functionality.
Standard and Speciality Sizes
Ranges, cooktops, and ovens come in a variety of sizes.
• Most ranges are a standard 30” in width.
• There are also 36” and 40” models for replacing larger cutouts or for customers wanting more of a “commercial” look.
• Wall ovens are generally available in 27” and 30” widths, with some 24”models available as well. Most cooktops are either 30” or 36” models, with few exceptions.
• Make sure you don't cut their countertop or cabinets until they have received their product and have the installation instructions.
• Sears Installation will fit countertops and cabinets to the needed opening.